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PWIAS Impact

Learn more about how the interdisciplinary environment at PWIAS enriches UBC and impacts society through ground-breaking research, influential public policy, artistic collaborations and award-winning publications.

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Chromatic - The Book

Read excerpts and other stories related to “Chromatic”, a new collaborative art book produced by the 2020 Wall Scholars.

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Scholar Q & A

A series of thought-provoking and inspiring short interviews with our Wall Scholars and PWIAS community members.

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Marrying medicine and meteorology: The impact of diesel pollution on human health

Trips to Canada usually evoke visions of thick green forests, wide-open prairies and mountains set against blue skies. But when William Brune, a Peter Wall International Visiting Research scholar from Pennsylvania State University, arrived at UBC he didn’t come for the nice views or nature– he came…

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Then and now: Comparisons of sex slavery in Cambodia and ancient comedies

For Dr. C.W. Marshall, 2013-2014 Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute and UBC Professor of Ancient Performance Traditions and Greek Poetry, what started as a volunteer trip to Cambodia ended up changing the direction of his professional research. Dr. Marshall, a scholar of ancient…

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Architecture not a peaceful practice, says Wall Exchange speaker

While architects usually focus on construction, Eyal Weizman studies destruction.  Weizman is the lead investigator for the Forensic Architecture research project, a multidisciplinary project that’s used architectural principles to investigate the spatial pattern of drone strikes, analyze footage of deadly shootings and provide environmental evidence for the prosecution of war…

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New app tested in Vancouver schools tackles childhood obesity

With a limitless stream of apps to download and an online world of distractions, kids are spending more time in front of screens and less time being active. The result, says one UBC professor, may partly explain the increasing percentage of children being overweight or obese. UBC professor and Peter…

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Digital era ushers in “new art history”

The world of art has been dramatically altered by the rise of photography and digital media, and while this transformation has opened many new artistic possibilities, it has also left some critics and scholars grasping at how to make sense of it from an academic standpoint.  Dr.

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Is methane the new climate change culprit?

Methane has been turning a lot of heads recently. With headlines like The Methane Monster Roars and Abrupt Climate Change is Here, it would appear that carbon dioxide has met its match. The gas, after all, is known to be 20 to 40 times more potent than CO2 in terms of…

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